Third correctional officer injured in escape attempt dies


Wendy Shannon


From staff reports

Monday, October 30, 2017

A third correctional officer injured in the Oct. 12 inmate escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution has died. 

Correctional officer Wendy Shannon died Monday evening at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital from injuries suffered in the failed escape attempt, a press release from the N.C. Department of Public Safety states. 

“Our hearts are broken at the passing of Officer Shannon,” DPS Secretary Erik A. Hooks states in the release. “Our deepest condolences go out to the Shannon family during this difficult time.”

Shannon, 49, began her career as a correctional officer at the Pasquotank prison on Oct. 21, 2013, according to DPS.

Shannon is the third person to die from injuries suffered in the escape attempt, which occurred in the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 12. Correctional Officer Justin Smith and Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden also died.

Four inmates have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the incident.

Pasquotank Correctional Institution remains on lockdown. Members of the Prison Emergency Response Team from other state prison facilities continue to assist the local prison staff, the release states. 

N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper released the following statement on the death of Shannon. 

"I'm deeply saddened that this brutal attack has taken the life of Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon who was doing her job protecting the public. Our hearts go out to the victim, her family, friends and coworkers. Prisons and their employees help keep our communities safe, and I've directed state prison officials to take the necessary steps to improve prison safety."